A group of mothers are inviting Richmond residents to join them at their ‘Steptember Clean Air’ street party taking place on Sunday.

The ‘Mums for Lungs’ group have invited children, parents and residents to join their ‘Steptember car-free-day’ street party from 12pm to 3pm on Thornton Road in East Sheen.

Melissa Compton-Edwards, mother and Mums for Lungs campaigner said: “As well as giving residents a fun taste of car-free life at our street party, we’re hoping to raise awareness that vehicles, particularly dirty diesels, are responsible for most of London’s air pollution.

“Our Steptember initiative aims to get people thinking about how they can change their routines to help clean up the air and improve their own health at the same time during September.”

Children will be entertained with traditional games such as egg-and-spoon and three-legged races.

There will also be live music from the Scratch Demons and The Hare & Hounds pub will continue the live music with its after-party that starts at 3pm until 5pm and will feature live music from acoustic singer and guitarist, Phil Short.

The street party on Thornton Road will also have a smoothie bike and food from East Sheen’s Valentina, Lupo Bros and Culver & Nelson.

The road is one of 67 roads in the Borough that is being closed for ‘play street parties’ in celebration of the national car-free day.

Melissa added: “It [street party] will give kids a taste of what it’s like to play outside, as some of their parents may have done in their youth before polluting and dangerous cars dominated our streets.

”People can reduce their driving footprint in many ways for example by walking, scooting or cycling to school and work and reducing our van deliveries, we can all collectively make a huge difference to the quality of the air we breathe.

“Even using public transport is much less polluting than travelling by car.

“Steptember is a way of trying out new non-polluting habits which we hope residents will decide to continue for everyone’s benefit."